As a student at Wheaton, Olympia Sonnier ’10 began her senior thesis with a quotation from Mario Cuomo, “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.” Little did she know at the time how those words would come into play in her work life after college.
Now, as the deputy press secretary for Mario Cuomo’s son, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sonnier helps make the “prose” of government understandable for the everyday New Yorker. And she is getting noticed for it: City and State in June named her one of the “40 Under 40” Rising Stars of New York Politics.
Sonnier has a wide range of responsibilities, including drafting press releases and speeches, responding to media inquiries, traveling across the state with the governor and his staff, and organizing events. She also helps coordinate the rollout for high-priority initiatives. During the last two and a half years, Sonnier has helped produce events such as all three of the governor’s state-of-the-state addresses, executive budget presentations, and economic development conferences. [Read more...]
After extensive research, the nominating committee has selected the following candidates for the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors. Elections was be held on October 19.
Click on their names below for a short biography.
Involvement: Wheaton College Young Alumnae/i of Boston member, 2011–12; Flash Seminar volunteer, 2012; student representative to the Board of Trustees, 2009
Connection: “I am so appreciative of all of the opportunities I was able to take advantage of as a student, and I feel that it’s just as important to stay part of the Wheaton community as an alum.”
Goal: “Since graduating, I have volunteered in many ways for Wheaton, and I am now looking forward to my term on the board so I can continue to work to increase engagement among my peer network of young alumnae/i.”
Surprise: “I also volunteer and serve on the young professionals board for Jumpstart, an early education organization that helps children develop literacy skills.”